• LA's late comeback attempt falls short

    ESPAÑOLA – Just two sets in, the Los Alamos Hilltopper volleyball team looked like it might be finished.
    But two sets later, nothing had been determined as the Hilltoppers mounted an impressive comeback against their arch-rivals.
    Unfortunately, the comeback would come just short as Los Alamos lost a key District 2-4A contest in the valley.
    Los Alamos dropped the first two sets Wednesday night against Española Valley’s Sundevils, 27-25, 25-15, before mounting its comeback. Los Alamos took sets three and four 25-20, 25-22 before Española Valley won the deciding fifth set 15-13.
    The second set started out as a disaster for the Hilltoppers, who fell behind quickly 16-3. Hilltopper head coach Robin Reynolds, making his first career appearance at Edward Medina Gymnasium, said he was surprised his team struggled early in that set.
    “We were just miscommunicating in the back row,” he said. “We were most confident in that rotation. We did a trial rotation with that and that was our best point-getting against Academy. We just had trouble with our communication.”

  • Haines, LA’s girls score legs at Grants

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls golf team earned a pair of state qualification legs at the two-day Grants Invitational.
    The Grants Invitational, played at Coyote del Malpais Golf Course, included some very tough boys and girls teams from around the state.
    Los Alamos’ girls shot a 370 in Monday’s first round to earn a qualification leg, the followed that up by shooting a 386 Tuesday for their second leg.
    Both the Hilltopper boys and girls teams took part in the tournament. The Hilltopper boys placed fourth in team competition Monday.
    Individually, Sean Rau and Jonnie Osden both earned legs Monday and Osden missed a second leg Tuesday by jut one stroke.
    Teams and individuals must earn three legs before May’s state championship tournament in order to be invited.
    For the Hilltopper girls, Emma Haines picked up two legs at Grants, shooting an 81 Monday, then following that up with a score of 90 Tuesday. Teammate Bri Sanderson also earned a leg Monday with her score of 89.
    Cleveland’s boys team won Monday’s tournament, while Kirtland Central won on the girls side. Kirtland Central also took Tuesday’s team title and they were joined by the Kirtland Central boys team at the top of that team competition.

  • LA girls soccer is fourth in new poll

    Here are the NMSoccer.com rankings for Class 4A teams for the week ending Oct. 6 Voting is done by head coaches from around the state. First-place votes are in parentheses.

    Girls 4A

    Team Total pts. Pvs.

    1. Aztec (5) 59 1
    2. Alb. Academy 45 3
    3. St. Pius X (1) 42 2
    4. Los Alamos 34 5
    (tie) Farmington 34 7
    6. Kirtland Central 23 4
    7. Piedra Vista 20 6
    8. Belen 16 -
    9. Valencia 11 10
    10. Capital 10 -

    Also receiving votes: Santa Fe, 7; Goddard, 7; Artesia, 6; Los Lunas, 3; Chaparral, 3; Bernalillo, 2; Deming, 1; Santa Teresa, 1.

    Boys 4A

    Team    Total pts. Pvs.

    1. Roswell (4) 67 1
    2. Alb Academy (3) 64 2
    3. Los Lunas 44 T-4
    4. Moriarty 38 T-4
    5. Farmington 37 6
    6. Capital 35 3
    7. Artesia 30 7
    8. Miyamura 17 T-8
    9. Los Alamos 13 T-8
    (tie) Centennial 13 -

    Also receiving votes: Chaparral, 7; Valencia, 6; Grants, 5; St. Pius X, 5; Santa Fe, 3; Santa Teresa, 1.

  • LA has a huge test tonight

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper volleyball team has its toughest test of the season to date tonight when it takes on its arch-rival. And more than bragging rights are on the line.
    The Hilltoppers will meet the Española Valley Sundevils tonight at Edward Medina Gymnasium. Match time is scheduled for 6 p.m.
    The top spot in District 2-4A is very much on the line tonight, particularly after the Hilltoppers dropped a 3-1 decision Saturday afternoon to Santa Fe.
    To keep pace in the early part of the district race, Los Alamos (8-5 overall, 1-1 in 2-4A) will have to find a way to trip up Española Valley (8-5, 2-0). A Los Alamos win tonight would put the Hilltoppers and Sundevils in a first-place tie, while a loss by the Hilltoppers would move them two matches behind the Sundevils, who will have an excellent chance to go undefeated during the first half of district with a match next week against Bernalillo (4-8, 0-1).
    Los Alamos will be going into tonight’s match with some momentum, having topped Sandia Prep 3-1 on the road Tuesday night. The two teams played four tight sets, but Los Alamos prevailed 25-23, 23-25, 25-23, 25-19.

  • LA girls are 4th in Arizona

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls cross country team rolled to an impressive fourth place finish at last weekend’s Desert Twilight Festival.
    Los Alamos finished fourth at the Desert Twilight meet, a huge regional meet run in Mesa, Ariz. Los Alamos finished with 149 team points and were one of just five teams to finish south of 200 points at the meet.
    The Hilltopper girls place four runners among the top 30 team scorers Friday night in the Sweepstakes race, the highest level race of the numerous races run there. They were paced by Talia Dreicer who came in 25th among the competing team racers with her time of 18 minutes, 43 seconds, clocking just over 6:02 per mile.
    Sophia Galvez, Maddy Foley and Mikalya Pulliam also finished in the top 30 overall.
    The girls race was won by Desert Vista of Phoenix, which featured individual champ Dani Jones and third-place finisher Baylee Jones. Desert Vista earned just 61 points, but surprisingly, didn’t run away with the team title, as Xavier College Prep, also of Phoenix, earned 80 points to finish in second place.
    On the boys side, Colin Hemez had a huge day. Hemez, a senior and Los Alamos’ top runner, placed 11th individually and 10th among team racers with his time of 15:39, averaging about 5:03 per mile in his huge showing.

  • LA girls struggle but win in OT at Capital, 1-0

    SANTA FE – There is no doubt the Capital Jaguars girls soccer team has improved.
    But in what should’ve been a routine District 2-4A game Saturday, Los Alamos let the Jaguars play like a legitimate title threat.
    The Jaguars pushed the Hilltoppers to an overtime period before the Hilltoppers finally broke a scoreless deadlock.
    With about three minutes remaining in overtime, Los Alamos’ Catie McDonald finally found paydirt, giving the Hilltoppers a tougher-than-expected 1-0 win at Jaguar Field.
    This may have been the most unusual game in what has been an unusual season for Los Alamos. More often than not, Los Alamos has been able to close Capital via the 10-goal rule.
    But while Capital (7-6) has improved immensely since recent years, Los Alamos (5-10) has been struggling to find comfortable footing all year.
    Los Alamos head coach Jiri Kubicek said he suspected going into Saturday’s contest his team might not be taking the Jaguars seriously. After the early part of the game, he was sure of it.
    “They were thinking about the dance, or whatever,” Kubicek said, referring to the homecoming soirée Saturday night. “We thought we’d stick to our game and do a better job, but our minds were not in it.”

  • 'Toppers shut out in 2-4A contest by Jaguars

    SANTA FE – If the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys soccer team wants to repeat as District 2-4A champs, it’s going to have to make a comeback to do so.
    And it’s going to have to come back against a tough competitor.
    Los Alamos slipped into second place in the 2-4A race Saturday. It was nipped in a big district contest by the Capital Jaguars at Jaguar Field.
    Capital’s Jason Alarcon, the most dominant offensive presence in the district and one of the tops in the state, scored the lone goal of the game at the 24-minute mark. Alarcon corralled a long through-ball and beat Los Alamos goalkeeper Chris Parker to the corner.
    Alarcon’s chip shot over Parker and into the net was enough to give the Jaguars a 1-0 victory.
    It’s been a wild ride for the Jaguars so far in 2013. They had to forfeit four wins early in the season because they’d used ineligible players in those contests.
    “We’ve had a lot of adversity this season,” Capital head coach Eugene Doyle said. “A lot of things haven’t gone our way, but we play one half at a time, one game at a time and try not to focus on what’s happened in the past.”

  • LA struggles in homecoming contest Friday

    After a solid showing against a very good Class 4A team, the Los Alamos Hilltopper football liked its chances to get back on track heading into Friday’s homecoming game.
    Phillip Romero had other plans.
    Romero, a halfback on the very potent single wing offense of the Albuquerque Academy Chargers, rushed for 199 yards and two touchdowns, including a 72-yard scamper on the first play from scrimmage in the second half.
    The Chargers went on to spoil the Hilltoppers’ homecoming, winning 28-13 at Sullivan Field.
    A week earlier, Los Alamos, which had a rough month of September up to that point, played very well against a very tough Belen Eagles squad. The Hilltoppers lost the game 28-14 but actually outscored the Eagles 14-7 in the second half.
    Los Alamos (1-5) was hoping that good showing would carry over into Friday’s game against an Academy team which was 4-1 on the season but had played a relatively soft schedule so far.
    Instead, the Hilltoppers again spun their wheels on offense, turning the ball over on their first two drives of the night and were shut out in the first half.
    Los Alamos wide out Simon Heath was shaking his head after the loss.

  • On Schedule 10-06-13


    Golf: Los Alamos at Grants Invite, boys and girls varsity, 9 a.m.

    Girls soccer: St. Michael’s at Los Alamos, JV, 4 p.m.

    Football: Los Alamos at Bernalillo, JV, 4 p.m.


    Golf: Los Alamos at Grants Invite, boys and girls varsity, 9 a.m.

    Volleyball: Los Alamos at Sandia Prep, C team, 4 p.m.; JV, 5 p.m.; varsity, 6 p.m.; LAMS at St. Michael’s, seventh grade, 4 p.m.; eighth grade, 5 p.m.

    Boys soccer: Santa Fe Waldorf at Los Alamos, JV, 4:30 p.m.


    Volleyball: Los Alamos at Española Valley, C team, 4 p.m.; JV, 5 p.m.; varsity, 6 p.m.

    Football: Santa Fe Indian School at LAMS, 4 p.m.


    Football: LAMS at McCurdy, seventh grade, 4 p.m.

    Girls soccer: Belen at Los Alamos, C team, 4 p.m.


    Football: Bernalillo at Los Alamos, varsity, 7 p.m.

    Volleyball: LAMS at Española Invite, TBA.


    Cross country: Los Alamos at Rio Rancho Jamboree, boys and girls varsity/JV/C team, 9 a.m.

    Boys soccer: Los Alamos at Bernalillo, varsity, 11 a.m.; Los Alamos at Santa Fe, JV, 1 p.m.

    Girls soccer: Los Alamos at Bernalillo, varsity, 1 p.m.; Los Alamos at Santa Fe, C team, 11 a.m.

  • Veterans Day run to benefit Andersen

    The Honor. Remember. Act. 5K run is being held on Veterans Day to benefit local soldier Micah Andersen.
    Andersen, a graduate of Los Alamos High School, was injured in Afghanistan by an IED. All proceeds from the race will go to him to offset costs of his recovery.
    The run will be Nov. 11 at 9 a.m.
    It will begin at 555 North Mesa Road.
    Price for participation is $25, $35 for day-of registration.
    Registration can be done online. Send email to sebaccounts@gmail.com to obtain instructions for online registration.